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The Forest Cover of the Catskill Mountain Region, New York, as Indicated by Land Survey Records
Robert P. McIntosh
The American Midland Naturalist
Vol. 68, No. 2 (Oct., 1962), pp. 409-423
Published by: The University of Notre Dame
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2422746
Page Count: 15
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Surveyor's records antedating the General Land Survey of the public domain are utilized to assess the 18th-century forest composition of the Catskill Mountain region of New York. Although more difficult to compile they provide a r easonable quantitative evaluation of the principal tree species present before extensive occupation and disturbance of the area by European settlers. The principal tree components in the lower and mid-altitudes (below 3,000 feet) were beech 49%, hemlock 20%, sugar maple 13%, birch spp. 7%. Such information is useful in providing a base for modern quantitative studies of forest composition.
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